A music therapist is a skilled musician who has been trained to use music to reach out and help people develop their potential, whatever their disability, difficulties or diagnosis.
The therapists frequently play piano or guitar and use their voices and other instruments. Children and adults are encouraged to make music too on instruments, to sing, and to move or dance in whatever way they choose or can manage. The therapists support the clients and explore with them all the communicative potential of their music making.
Most important is the creative relationship the child or adult form with their music therapist.
The therapists will not teach a child or adult how to play a particular instrument or how to read music. However, for some clients, music therapy may provide a stepping stone towards music lessons.